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Waterborne Commerce

The WCSC collects, processes, distributes, and archives vessel trips and cargo data. These statistics are collected within the Oracle Waterborne System and the Lock Performance Monitoring System and are used by the WCSC to provide monthly indicators and an annual report on the foreign and domestic data on waterborne commerce statistics.


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The Waterborne Commerce Statistics Database (TOWS)

TOWS provides information on the movement of foreign and domestic vessels and commodities with an origin or destination in the United States. TOWS includes information on navigation points of interests, the usage of waterways ports, and USACE projects. Navigation points of interest data are published quarterly and all other data is updated annually. Federal agencies with a navigation related missions are primary users of NDC and WCSC data products. However, several federal agencies in particular regularly use the data or contribute to the overall data collection process, improving the final output. The Department of Energy U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), for example, uses data from WCSC (TOWS) related to specific energy commodities.


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Waterborne Commerce of the United States (WCUS)

Waterborne Commerce of the United States (WCUS) Annual Report that includes foreign and domestic data on waterborne commerce statistics. Domestic waterborne traffic movements within relevant geographic areas reported to USACE by all vessel operators. The reports are generally submitted monthly on the basis of individual vessel movements completed. Reports include all movements of domestic waterborne commercial vessels including but not limited to dry cargo ship and tanker moves, loaded and empty barge moves, towboat moves, with or without barges in tow, movements of crew boats and supply boats to offshore locations, tugboat moves, and movements of newly constructed vessels from the shipyard to the point of delivery. WCUS report combines foreign and domestic data and reports tonnage based on region, state, or waterway. 


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Port and Waterways Web Tool

The Port and Waterways Web Tool is an interactive version of the WCUS report.


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Vessel Operation Report Engineering Forms 3925, 3925b, 3925c, 3925p

Available in PDF format here.

Available in Excel format here.